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Baseball odds preview - Boston vs. Chicago

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July 29, 8:10 PM | GrassU.S. Cellular Field

Boston Red Sox vs Chicago White Sox Odds

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U.S. Cellular Field hosts an MLB battle between the Chicago White Sox and the visiting Boston Red Sox on Friday.

Gavin Floyd will take the mound for Chicago, and he'll carry a 8-8 record into the contest. Tim Wakefield gets the ball for Boston; he's 6-3 so far this season.

View Boston vs Chi White Sox Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
If you're backing the visitors in this one, you'll find the Red Sox listed as underdogs of -110 at most sportsbooks. Total bettors saw the number open in the area of 9.5, depending on the book.

Power Rankings:
According to new MLB Power Rankings here, it's the American League No. 6-ranked White Sox and the American League No. 2-rated Red Sox in this matchup.

How They Match Up:
Rating these teams in several key categories is important for handicappers and Chicago has the American League's No. 10-rated offensive output, at 8.5 hits per game. The Red Sox average 9.9 hits per game, good for No. 1 on the American League list.

Defensively, Boston features the American League's No. 3-rated defense on the road, allowing 3.7 runs per game. Chicago, meanwhile, comes in at No. 10 in the American League at home, scoring 3.9 runs per game.

Boston lost its last outing, a 4-3 result against the Royals on July 28. Bettors who backed the Royals at +258 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (7) sent UNDER bettors to the payout window. Boston suffered a 4-3 loss against Kansas City on Thursday, as Josh Beckett wasn't able to lead his team to victory at Fenway Park.

In their last action, Chicago was a 2-1 winner at home against the Tigers. Bettors on Chicago at -111 on the moneyline collected their winnings from that game, while the total score (3) sent UNDER bettors home happy as well. The White Sox hope for a dominant pitching performance similar to their last game when John Danks struck out 10 batters in 2-1 victory on Wednesday at U.S. Cellular Field.

Boston Red Sox Trends:
When playing on Friday are 4-6
Before playing Chi White Sox are 2-8
After playing Kansas City are 7-3
After a loss are 6-4

Chicago White Sox Trends:
When playing on Friday are 5-5
Before playing Boston are 8-2
After playing Detroit are 5-5
After a win are 4-6

A few Red Sox at White Sox trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Boston's last 6 games when playing Chi White Sox
Boston is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games on the road
Boston is 19-5 SU in its last 24 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Boston's last 7 games when playing on the road against Chi White Sox
Chi White Sox are 5-0 SU in their last 5 games when playing Boston
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Chi White Sox's last 6 games when playing Boston
Chi White Sox are 4-1 SU in their last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Chi White Sox's last 10 games

Next up:
Boston at Chi White Sox, Saturday, July 30